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One of Pimlico's oldest stakes races, the Black-Eyed Susan was first run at Pimlico in 1919 as the Pimlico Oaks. The name was changed in 1952 to complement the Preakness and to acknowledge the Maryland state flower. The mile and one-eighth test, for three-year-old fillies is traditionally run the Friday before the Preakness. The race was first graded in 1973 and has been a Grade II event since 1976. The Black-Eyed Susan has long been recognized as the middle jewel of the traditional filly Triple Crown, which also includes the Kentucky Oaks Stakes (at Churchill Downs) and the Acorn Stakes (at Belmont Park). Only three fillies: Wistful (1949), Real Delight (1952), and Davona Dale (1979), all owned and bred by the illustrious Calumet Farm, have ever accomplished this feat.
What an exciting race this was - Keen Pauline surprised and came out ahead in the 91st Running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes - GII. Watch the excitement here on youtube.
Black-Eyed Susan results
9 Keen Pauline Javier Castellano (w) 32.80 (p) 10.80 (s) 5.80
5 Include Betty Drayden Van Dyke (p) 5.40 (s) 3.40
3 Ahh Chocolate Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. (s) 4.40
The Pimlico Special used to be just that – special. Few American races for older horses can boast such an entertaining history. The Seabiscuit-War Admiral match race. The Citation walkover. The showdown between older champ Stymie and Triple Crown winner Assault. Ancient history, granted, played out in black and white, all grainy, with the men wearing hats and smoking Chesterfields. Then came living color, and the Special glowed, helping make the case for Horse of the Year when it was won by Criminal Type, Cigar, Skip Away, Mineshaft, and Invasor.
Commissioner, the 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy emerged from his stalking spot at the head of the stretch and pulled clear to a 2 ½-length victory in the $300,000 Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special (G3). Click here to watch the race on YouTube.
10 Commissioner Javier Castellano (w) 4.60 (p) 3.00 (s) 2.40
5 Page McKenney Horacio Karamanos (p) 5.00 (s) 2.80
9 Cat Burglar Victor Espinoza (s) 3.00